Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saying goodbye in style?

Having very recently had a brief encounter with death and still trying to come to terms with it; It seems these days that all I see around me are reminders of the lack of permanence of life.
A few days ago, I chanced upon a billboard advertisement. It was from a funeral company called Yarden. The advert read something to the effect of: Say goodbye in style, make your funeral a special occasion.
My initial reaction was irritation. This seemed to me another interesting way of making money by teaching fools how to desire a commodity that they don’t need. A funeral in style is like throwing an expensive party that you know for sure you’re not going to attend.
This got me thinking of my own demise and how best to dispose of my remains. Cremation is the No.1 method today. It is tidy, effective, cheap and entirely lacking in fussiness. The possible disadvantage(or advantage depending on how one views it) being that your family have no grave to visit if the need hits them.
As for me, I don’t really care for a funeral in style. What does it matter at all when you are not there to enjoy it? Are you doing it for the family so that they remember your funeral instead of the lifetime shared together?
If I have any say at all in the matter I would choose to be disposed of the way the old aboriginals did: Having attained a ripe old age and a feeling that my time on earth is approaching it’s end, I would throw a good bye party and invite all my loved ones to celebrate the times we shared together. Afterwards, I would be taken to a secluded place in the woods or desert or even a cave somewhere. There all alone, I would bring my spirit to a point of readiness, align my organs and then gently bid my heart to stop beating.
As I have been taking from this world from the moment I set foot in it, I wish after my death, to be entirely consumed by nature and wild life. The bigger animals can start the job and the littlest bacteria and fungi can finish it off. I wish to be able to nourish the earth as she has nourished me during my lifetime. My last wish is that my death would mean the continuity of life for other living things.
I would be most happy to know your views on this unusual subject: How do you wish to be disposed of?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Exponential Times

Last week Thursday at the Ecademy offline meeting in Twente, The Netherlands, I saw a very thought provoking piece of Film which was part of Penny Power’s presentation. This film was called Did you know http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpEnFwiqdx8 It contained a lot of impressive facts and figures that summarize the golf of human technological advancements and predictions for the future.
The acceleration of technology and it’s impact on our lives is outstanding. Clearly technology is gathering a tremendous amount of momentum and with it we are hurtling and evolving towards an extraordinarily advanced form of homo digitalis.
One small detail though that latched itself onto the periphery of my consciousness was the terminology used to refer to a period of time before the existence of Google as a search engine. This term was B.G: Before Google.
To me this was no casual use of words. There is a world of significance behind this term. This marks a the start of a new era, a change in the way mankind has recorded and compartmentalized history up till now. In the course of time mankind has gone from the prehistoric stone age to the historic dark& middle ages, up till more than 2000 A.D.
I believe that since we have arrived at the threshold of this new age. we are saying goodbye and welcome at the same time. we are done with documenting and categorizing our history with our old Gregorian B.C and A.D. More so, since the Mayan calendar also tells us that the end of this age truly is around the corner.
Behold, a new age is rising! The age of Virtual Intelligence and her machines.
Goodbye Before Christ and Anno Domini. Welcome B.G- Before Google and possibly, A.G- After Google.
Please share your thoughts with me on this.